The kind of faith in God Abraham possessed led God to make him the prototype of what he wants every believer to emulate.
If we say we can’t possibly have such great faith, do we mean Abraham could climb those heights of faith 2000 years before Christ, and we can’t though heirs of 2000 years of history under Christ’s supervision?
If we say we don’t want to be like Abraham, then who will we choose as our human model? When only believers like Abraham please God, whom would we make our example?
And consider this: if everyone had the personal level of faith we feel comfortable having, how much faith would they have? If everyone attended worship services as often as we, how many weeks a month would worship services be held? If everyone gave the percentage we give, how healthy would our church’s finances be? If everyone read the Bible as much as we, how many chapters would be read? If everyone expressed our example of Christ-likeness, how many lost people would be encouraged to accept him?
Worthy questions. Disturbing questions. Challenging questions.
Here’s the conclusion of the matter. First, we may think we can never be as dedicated to God as Abraham. Listen to the Holy Spirit as he whispers in our ear, “Yes you can be, and yes you better be!”
Second, late NFL Football coach Bum Phillips held coach Bear Bryant in high esteem. In fact, he had a saying: “He can take his’n and beat your’n and turn around and take your’n and beat his’n”. San Diego U-T, Nick Canepa column. Forget that it wasn’t always true. That Bear Bryant had difficulty winning major Bowl Games. To Bum Philipps, Bear Bryant epitomized the BEST in college football coaching.
Here’s what is TRUE: whatever team Jesus LEADS WINS! Because he’s never lost and isn’t going to start now. He can take anybody’s people and succeed because he always WINS and shares his victories with anyone on his team.
May each of us make a Bethlehem of our mind and heart in which Jesus can be born and grow to such maturity that we can one day we can say with Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” Galatians 2:20. Fini